The tremendous revolution in manufacturing -- marked by intense global competition, emerging technologies, complex customer/supplier relationships, accelerated product life cycles -- continues unabated. Cost control and profits have become almost derivative rather than primary manufacturing strategies to be replaced by flexible production systems, total quality, supply chain management, employee productivity and involvement, and many new approaches to efficient production. Participants emerge from this workshop equipped with the skills to help succeed in this challenging environment.

What You Will Learn

  • Recognize when to focus on a task and when on a process for the greater benefit of production goals.
  • Develop production forecasting, capacity plans, balanced lines, contingency plans and budgets.
  • Manage the supply chain.
  • Achieve continuous improvement of manufacturing quality.
  • Use process mapping for cycle time reduction.
  • Identify and implement staff development needs for cross-training and flexible work groups.
  • Improve team performance and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Monitor and control production operations.
  • Analyze manufacturing information, and report status and needs clearly.
  • Identify complex trade-offs in decisions, consider¬ing all possible consequences.
How You Will Learn

The workshop integrates the tasks and processes of manufacturing management. The tasks include managing on-going operations while identifying and implementing manu¬facturing improvements. The processes include building relationships and teams. Small teams participants receive hands-on experience by managing a simulated manufacturing environment for 2-3 years. They must consider workflow, quality, inventory control, machinery maintenance, supplier management, and workforce management and development. They streamline the production process, remove backlogs, optimize staffing levels, and increase productivity. Production rates vary by season and year and depend on quality and timeliness. Typical plant problems upset operations. Participants make decisions in an on-going team for several days while planning and implementing the manufacturing plant. This provides a laboratory to practice and improve interpersonal and team behaviors.

Who Should Attend

Project Managers, Team Leaders, and Individual Contributors from all organization functions, and technical and non-technical disciplines.